Texas Tech University

Brief Couples Counseling


Please Click Here for Updates about Our Services during the COVID-19 Response.

Eligibility for Couples Counseling

The Student Counseling Center offers couples counseling for students. Both partners must be enrolled TTU Students unless they are participating in the Relationship Enhancement Center (see below). Only one partner has to be enrolled as a TTU Student to participate in the Relationship Enhancement Center which is offered in the Spring Semester only. Services are provided for opposite-sex and same-sex partners. Couples in any kind of living arrangement are welcome (dating, married, engaged, living together, or considering divorce). The SCC does NOT offer custody evaluations, court-ordered assessments or court-ordered therapy.

To begin couples counseling, you AND your partner need to come in during our Walk-In Clinic hours12:30 to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and tell the front desk you want to begin couples counseling. You will meet with a therapist for 20-30 minutes for an initial consultation after you have completed paperwork in our waiting room (please allow 60 to 90 minutes to complete paperwork and initial consultation appointment). The therapist will explore your goals as a couple and make recommendations about length and type of treatment appropriate for your concerns.  As soon as an appointment time becomes available, you will be assigned a therapist and a session time that works with the schedule that you both completed prior to the initial consultation .  We are located on the 2nd floor of the Student Wellness Building (Room 201), at the corner of Flint and Main streets.  

Updates about our Services:

March 25, 2020:  During the Texas Tech University Coronavirus response, the Student Counseling Center will remain open from 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00 Monday-Friday for students/parents to receive information on establishing on-line services. In-person counseling services are not available at this time. Current clients should be in contact with their therapist to discuss treatment options. Students residing in Texas who would like to initiate on-line services with the SCC, please call the Student Counseling Center (806-742-3674; M-F 8:00-5:00) for further information. The Texas Tech Crisis HelpLine (806-742-5555) remains available 24/7 for any student in immediate mental health crisis.

February 22, 2019:  Although individual and couples counseling services may entail up to a 6-week wait to be assigned to counselor at this busy time of the semester, we make every effort to serve students in severe distress as quickly as possible. In addition, the SCC provides many additional services to help students that can be accessed immediately. Your triage counselor will be happy to talk with you about treatment options. In addition, you might consider utilizing the Family Therapy Clinic 806.742.3074 in order to be scheduled sooner. Finally, you may speak to our case manager, Bobbi Britton-Stroud, about utilizing your health insurance if you would like to see a Lubbock private practitioner.

Effective 10/1/17, a Missed Appointment Fee will be applied to clients' Student Business Services accounts following individual and couples no-showed appointments.  In order to avoid this charge, clients must contact the Student Counseling Center prior to the scheduled appointment to cancel or reschedule appointments they cannot keep. Appointment text reminders are a courtesy and may not be sent for every appointment. SCC clients are responsible for knowing their appointment times regardless of whether they receive a text reminder.

Referral Resources

If either partner is not a currently registered TTU student OR if you cannot meet as a couple during our hours of operation (8am to 5pm), we can refer you to other places in the community or on campus.  Both the Family Therapy Clinic (phone: 742-3074) and the Psychology Clinic (phone: 742-3737) on campus offer couples counseling, charging a fee which is determined based on income (they do NOT take insurance).

Relationship Enhancement Center

As an alternative to regular couples therapy sessions with an individual therapist, the Relationship Enhancement Center (REC) is a specific therapy program designed to help students learn to communicate with their partners more effectively. The REC is only offered in the Spring Semester. Therapy is conducted by two therapists in the room and a team of therapists and supervisors (via one-way mirrors) who provide additional guidance as the session progresses

Please contact Nancy Robinson, Ph.D.,  at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or call (806) 742-3674 for further information if needed.

Student Counseling Center